Does the PCI-Docking Station need special drivers?
For Windows 7 onwards no drivers are required except for those of your card. No changes will be required to your PCI card drivers.
Which operating systems are supported?
a) Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10.
b) Mac OS X (use version 10.4+ for the cardbus (pcmcia) interface)
c) Red Hat Linux 2.6+
d) OS/2 is not supported.
Which type of Notebooks run with the PCI-Docking Station?
Most Notebooks manufactured after 2000, though for the ExpressCard interface something much more recent. Aside from the docking station interface no doubt you need to consider what processing power you need for your operating system and software programmes.
Which type of PCI cards work in the Docking Stations?
It is impossible to test every PCI board, however if it works in a standard PC it should operate fine in a Docking Station this being just an extension of the same interface. It is however a good idea heck if the PCI card is designed for 5 volt or 3.3V I/O communication. If it can handle both then its no problem. Alternatively just let us know which voltage you need and we will configure the Docking Station power to suit. In terms of card compatibility it has been found that frame grabber (imaging) cards, can have memory allocation can conflict with the Notebook PC using the card-bus (pcmcia) interface option. This interface is in any case now rare.
How long is the interface cable between PCI-Docking Station and Notebook?
1.0 metre as standard. A cable of 1.5 m is available on request and can be substituted for the standard one at time of order (at reduced cost) or ordered separately later. A greater length than 1,5m is not available.
What about data transfer rate. How fast is it?
Data transfers very much dependent on the bandwidth of the interface to the PC, for the docking stations a number of interface cards options are available. Typically transfer speeds are in the region 25 to 100MBytes per second, with the PCI Express card interface being fastest. This transfer limit ultimately decides performance as the three slot model (DOCK3PCI) has a PCI bus bandwidth of 255MByte/sec for 64bit/33MHz on its internal backplane. These are theoretical maximums, any reduction in transfer will be from the number of installed PCI cards (as bandwidth is shared), PC, your card drivers and the application software.
In which way is the driver installed?
Drivers are not required on Mac OS X, Linux, MS Windows operating systems 7 and later.
Are there restrictions concerning the PCI bus to take care about?
The PCI-Docking Station is designed according to "PCI-to-PCI Bridge Architecture Specification Revision 1.2" of "PCI Special Interest Group". The built-in PCI boards must share one IRQ and be plug and play for MS Windows. This should be no problem, because it is part of the PCI-specifications.
Are are restrictions concerning notebooks to take care about?
a) Only recent notebooks have the ExpressCard interface slot. We can cater 34 or 54mm widths.
b) When using the pcmcia interface many notebooks are only able to use slot 0 with the PCI-Docking Station. If you have trouble try both slots. Not every notebooks has its slot 0 on the bottom of the case.
c) Many notebooks only work correctly if the PCI-Docking Station is connected and powered up first.
How long can PCI boards (to built into the PCI-Docking Station) be?
The PCI-Docking Station series supports boards to up to full length (314mm). Some full-length boards come with a plastic support bracket which adds to their length and normally held with two screws, this will require removing. The Docking Station has its own support system.

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DataQuest Solutions 11.01.07
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